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Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Dreadz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Hi all. Sorry to jump straight in but need some advice.
Having found myself in an impromptu fish in cycle in a tank seriously overstocked for cycling (long story!!) and after the filter seemingly crashed going from showing reasonable (0.25 to 0.5ppm) levels of ammo and nitrite and 5-10ppm nitrate before I carried out PWC on tuesday evening to yesterday showing 1.0 ppm ammo and zero nitrite and nitrate, I have purchased some Tetra Safestart and after testing this evening I will be dosing my tank unless someone has any better suggestions???!
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Carylnz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:20 pm

Adding the stuff won't hurt.
I am a fan of water changes as a quick and cheap cure for many problems 8)
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Dreadz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:48 pm

Well tonight's test showed ammo <0.25ppm and 0 nitrite/nitrate so carried out pwc to bring ammo back down closer to zero and dosed with 100ml safestart.
Fish have been fed and currently tank is @
27degC
pH 7 (stable)
12dKH
Just have to wait and see now!
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Carylnz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:30 am

You haven't added any products like Ammolock have you? These will give you false readings.
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Dreadz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:43 am

No ammo lock or anything else like that.
Water is treated with tetra aqua safe to dechlorinate and aquarium salt. Initially I was adding tetra easy clear, which claims to stabilise pH/hardness and reduce nitrate but figured it would be better to see exactly what was going on whilst tank is cycling so have not added any of that with water changes for last week or so.
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Dreadz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:13 pm

Ok. Not quite sure what to make of this but
Ammo 0.25 - 0.5ppm
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Wasn't expecting miracles but had hoped to see something a little more positive!
PWC to bring ammo back in check, see what tomorrow brings!
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Angel Fish » Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:26 am

Why are you adding salt? Do you have Brackish fish?
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Re: Cycling and bottled bacteria

Postby Dreadz » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:59 am

No. I was advised some years ago that it would act as a stress reliever and promote good gill function so have always used it at a ratio of about 1 tablespoon full to 20L.
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